Professor Trevor Roycroft, PhD
ITS faculty member Trevor Roycroft combines rigorous academic training with real-world experience: he has worked in the IT industry, and is a consultant who explores emerging technical and policy issues in the field.
After graduating from the University of California, Davis, with both a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Economics, he went on to deal with telecom related economic policies for a state agency in Indiana, before coming to OU in 1994.
He was pleased to find out there was a program dedicated to telecommunications at Ohio University. “It wasn’t something I was expecting to find, programs that offered degrees focused on the telecommunications industry were not common, especially at the undergraduate level,” states Roycroft.
From 1994 to 2004 and from 2013 to present, Roycroft has been teaching courses in the ITS major. These courses have included both undergrad and grad level telecom policy and IT strategy courses, introductory ITS classes, and privacy in the Internet age. “I really liked the subject of telecommunications and always wanted to become a college professor, so being able to teach at OU was, and is, a great opportunity for me,” says Roycroft.
In addition to teaching, Roycroft is involved in consulting for telecommunication system projects and numerous scenarios relating to U.S. regulations on IT and telecommunication related issues. Most recently, he has been researching and working in FCC proceeding on issues with Net Neutrality and broadband adoption.
“I’m not just this ivory tower kind of person who doesn’t have any connection to the real world, but rather I know what’s going on.” Roycroft says. “I’ve been involved with literally every major telecommunications issue in the last 28 years in one way or another and this experience feeds right into the classroom.”
Professor Roycroft is very excited to be able to share his passion for ITS: “I think ITS is a great major and I certainly encourage students to consider what we offer.”